Why Do We Love the Smell of Old Books?

Ep. 5

In this episode of Libromania, David chats with Cecilica Bembibre, a researcher at University College London, about the science behind the smell of old books: why people love it, why it matters, and what it means for the preservation of culture.

Cecilia Bembibre is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA), University College London. She holds a degree in Communication from the University of Buenos Aires and an MRes from the Institute of Sustainable Heritage, The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies (UCL). She is interested in historic smells and they ways we engage with the olfactory aspect in heritage spaces. You can read more about her work at

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